Jimmy Kimmel may be the only person anxious for Discovery Channel to do a sequel to Sunday’s Eaten Alive — besides star Paul Rosolie that is — though Kimmel thinks the sequel should set more realistic goals.
On his ABC late-night show last night, Kimmel noted Rosolie was never going to get swallowed by an anaconda in the two-hour special, because the snake was not able to sufficiently crush Rosolie’s custom-built anti-crush suit in order to get her digestive tract around him.
Rosolie dismissed all critics of Eaten Alive — both people who objected to the suffering of the snake and viewers who felt ripped-off when Rosie was not eaten, even a teensy bit, by the snake. They’re all missing the point, he told Kimmel.
“The whole reason we did the show is because I’ve worked with the Amazon, I’ve seen it be destroyed and everybody knows the whole Rainforest Is Being Destroyed thing. But it’s not stopping it from happening. We got millions of people talking about this [special],” Rosolie boasted, “going, ‘Why on earth would this idiot do this?’ And this is the reason: to try to keep the place where these things happen intact.” Rosolie said PETA, and everyone else has watched the last 20 minutes of the show and they’re hinging on that,” are “totally forgetting everything else about the fact that we’re trying to actually protect these animals.”
“Well, the show was called Eaten Alive, in fairness,” Kimmel said. When Rosolie agreed, saying, “I think I owe the people of Planet Earth to be eaten by something,” which seemed to suggest he was hoping for a sequel, Kimmel jumped on:
“I don’t know if you have any plans for the next special but I would like to see you have sex with a hippo,” Kimmel offered.
“Wow. I’m not sure I’d be into that….” Rosolie began — hinging on the “sex” part and totally missing the point, which is that everybody knows the whole Hippos Are Endangered thing, but it’s not stopping it from happening.
“Think about the forest. The Rainforest, Paul!” Kimmel said, to his point.
According to the World Wildlife Federation, hippos are at risk from habitat loss, and poaching — like the anaconda.